Friday, September 17, 2004

This review discusses a new medical theory that tries to explain that the 17th century Dutch master may have had one misaligned eye.

Apparently "the eye on the right side of the painting tends to look straight ahead and the other eye deviates outward," according to a letter published in the Sept. 16 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine.

Apparently this is known as "stereoblindness" and has the same effect as closing one eye, which is what artists do as they try to create three-dimensional images on flat surfaces.

Advantage Rembrandt!

More here.

Art Jobs

The Rockville Arts Place, a non-profit arts organization located in Rockville, Maryland seeks a Director of Development to provide strategic direction and vision during a time of transition as the organization prepares to become part of Rockville’s downtown development project and move into a new facility.

To apply, please submit cover letter, resume, names of three references, and salary requirements to: Debra Moser, Executive Director, Rockville Arts Place 9300 Gaither Road, Gaithersburg, MD 20877 by September 15. You may also send information by fax at 301-869-9173 or by e-mail to

The Baltimore Museum of Art is seeking a part-time Special Events Coordinator whose primary responsibility is the planning and implementation of events for the Development Division, including exhibition openings, receptions, and meal functions. The Special Events Coordinator also manages a limited corporate rental program. This position reports to the Deputy Director for Development.

The schedule for this contract position is three days per week in the Special Events office, plus event coverage. The successful candidate will be creative and detail-oriented and will have strong organizational and budget management skills. The ability to manage multiple projects at the same time is critical. Excellent word-processing, spreadsheet, database, and internet skills are essential. Special events experience and a college degree are required.

Please send resumes to: Judith M. Gibbs, Deputy Director for Development, The Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore, Maryland 21218.

The Village of Arts and Humanities is seeking a Managing Director who oversees and manages the financial planning for the organization and assists in the management of all Village program activities and related staff development. Duties include overseeing financial planning and monitoring of program budgets, actively participate in planning and development of strategies, guide and support managing staff.

Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field, Masters preferred, at least 5 years experience in non-profit management position, knowledge of computer systems and equipment (PC and Mac). $38,000+ (depending on experience), plus full benefits, starting September 2004. Email a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to Attn: Managing Director Search.

The Textile Museum in DC invites applications for the position of Director to provide vision and leadership for dynamic institutional growth. Primary responsibilities reflect the Museum's strategic priorities: programming that promotes public appreciation of the textile arts; expansion of local, national, and international audiences; and fundraising to address current and future needs.

Qualifications: knowledgeable and enthusiastic about arts, textiles and cultural history; ability to envision and articulate exciting, innovative programming; 6-8 years senior-level administrative experience, including strategic planning and fundraising, in museum or comparable organization; outstanding communications skills to interact effectively with diverse internal and external constituencies. Advanced degree preferred. Full position announcement available at this website. Apply in to: Director Search Committee, The Textile Museum, 2320 S Street, NW, Washington, DC 20008 or

Curator of the Art Gallery: American University – DC. The American University, College of Arts and Sciences announces an open position for Curator of the art gallery at the new Katzen Arts Center. This position will be responsible for artistic and creative direction of the gallery including: overall planning for gallery collections, collection development, conservation, management, operations, and exhibitions and programming.

Duties include coordinating press and public relations, seeking donations for art collections, assisting in capital fundraising, working with academic units to integrate students and curricula into gallery operations, developing proposals for program enrichment, and planning for the opening of the Katzen Arts Center. Qualifications required include graduate degree in art history or related field, PhD preferred,and curatorial/exhibition experience.

Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience. To apply, complete an application in person or send your resume to: American University, Office of Human Resources, 4400 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20016-8054. e-mail: Fax: 202-885-1737. Applicants may also download an application from their web site.

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation seeks a Development Officer who will be responsible for the initiation, oversight, planning, implementation, and management of a development program that secures significant financial resources from government, foundations, corporations, and individuals to support the Foundation's mission.

Qualifications include: a bachelor's degree in business, marketing, communications or a field related to the arts; two to three years of progressive experience and responsibility in development in an arts or cultural agency; strong research, planning, writing, grantwriting and budgeting skills; and proficiency in computer technology including the ability to use various software applications for project and data management (especially Access and Excel).

The starting salary for this position is in the low $40's. A full benefits package accompanies the position. Send letter of application, resume, writing samples, and names and addresses of three references to: Development Officer/ Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation/ 201 N. Charles St., Suite 401/ Baltimore, MD 21201. For more information, visit their website.

Tonight is the 3rd Friday of the month and thus the openings of the new shows at the five Canal Square Galleries in Georgetown. The openings are catered by the Sea Catch Restaurant and run from 6-9 PM. See ya there!

Chawky Frenn's Carcass Paintings

The Washington Post's art critic Michael O'Sullivan reviews our current show of George Mason University's controversial professor Chawky Frenn's show at Fraser Gallery Bethesda.

O'Sullivan writes:
"Frenn is equally comfortable with ambiguity, a quality that's obvious in three paintings depicting disquietingly androgynous nudes. Yet it is not bare flesh -- at least not human flesh -- that makes up his most disturbing, and, to my eyes, most satisfying, work. Based on photographs taken in butcher shops during trips to his native Lebanon, Frenn's latest and best paintings depict decapitated sheep's heads and beef cattle at various stages of slaughter.

Like all of Frenn's art, they're an attempt to take something ugly and turn it into something beautiful, or, as he says, "to transform manure into new life, [excrement] into fruit." In addition to their shopworn memento mori message, though, that reminds us subconsciously of our own mortality, Frenn pushes other readings of his work. One of his carcasses, after all, is called "Kosher or Halal?" in a reference to the futility of killing in the name of religion (halal refers to Muslim dietary laws)."